Garland Weeks traces his direct Texas roots back six generations to 1835 when Texas was a Republic. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1942 and grew up in Wichita Falls, where he graduated from high school in 1961. He then graduated from Texas Tech University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. While attending the university, Garland was a two-year letterman in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. He earned the honorable Dub Parks Memorial Award from the Texas Tech Rodeo Association in 1966 and was later inducted into the Texas Tech Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1992. Garland pursued his rodeo career in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association until 1973 after having served the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968-1969.
Garland began sculpting as a hobby in 1970 and continued this moonlighting activity while also being actively engaged in the cattle feeding industry as a market analyst, commodity broker, and agricultural economist. In 1978, Garland took the plunge into making art full-time and has never looked back. After living, working, and sculpting in numerous states, Garland established his studio and home in Lubbock in 2000, where he is happily sculpting on the high plains. The Texas State Legislature honored him as the Official Sculptor of Texas in 1995 and the National Sculpture Society elected him to its Board of Directors in 2009.
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